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Elsevier signs Declaration of Amsterdam for LGBT inclusive workplace

Amsterdam | June 23, 2014

Call for action to ensure LGBT-friendly workplace and society

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, on Friday signed the Declaration of Amsterdam. The Declaration was created by Workplace Prideopens in new tab/window, an international foundation that aims to make lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) fully visible, accepted and valued in the workplace and in society.

To realize the goals of the Declaration, a benchmark will be created by all supporting parties that sets the standard for a truly LGBT-inclusive workplace. Workplace Pride will take the initiative to develop this benchmark in close cooperation with all parties involved. This benchmark will enable employers to chart progress in improvements to their own LGBT workplace policies. The parties signing this Declaration intend to work together with Workplace Pride to develop the benchmark and support the goals of the Declaration.

Michiel Kolman, SVP Global Academic Relations at Elsevier, and founding member of Elsevier Pride, said, "By signing the Declaration of Amsterdam, Elsevier takes a major next step in a process that was already well underway within our company. It adds true commitment to good intentions, and provides a concrete set of action points to achieve objectives that are worth fighting for, both in the workplace and beyond. I'm proud to be part of the group of companies that support the Declaration, and it is an honor to sign on behalf of Elsevier." Workplace Pride is an umbrella organization of Pride chapters in companies across the Netherlands; when Elsevier joined Workplace Pride two years ago, it simultaneously launched Elsevier Pride.

Elsevier signed the Declaration at an event at Shell headquarters in Den Haag on Friday, 20 June, formalizing its support of the objectives of Workplace Pride. By signing the Declaration, Elsevier joins an exclusive group of multinational companies that had already committed to the initiative, including Shell, KLM, ABN-AMRO, Philips, IBM and American Express.

About Elsevier

As a global leader in scientific information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making with innovative solutions based on trusted, evidence-based content and advanced AI-enabled digital technologies.

We have supported the work of our research and healthcare communities for more than 140 years. Our 9,500 employees around the world, including 2,500 technologists, are dedicated to supporting researchers, librarians, academic leaders, funders, governments, R&D-intensive companies, doctors, nurses, future healthcare professionals and educators in their critical work. Our 2,900 scientific journals and iconic reference books include the foremost titles in their fields, including Cell Press, The Lancet and Gray’s Anatomy.

Together with the Elsevier Foundationopens in new tab/window, we work in partnership with the communities we serve to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and healthcare in developing countries and around the world.

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